Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen inspiration ’

Celebrate Active Seniors October 1st

Sep 26th, 2017 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

On Sunday October 1, the International Day of Older Persons will be celebrated and this year’s theme is ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons’. In some quarters, there remains a perception of senior citizens as frail-bodied and mentally struggling. In reality, many senior citizens around the world smash through that stigma by continuing to make extraordinary contributions to their communities and, in some cases, to the world at large.



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

Sep 9th, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Victims of AD need more structure in the Moderate stage. The generally experience sleeplessness, wandering, late-day confusion and agitation which are all part of the same problem. BAI Beacon states, “The damaged brain has to work much harder to understand the environment and be able to function.” (Ibid) People with AD tend to lose their sense of smell and need food that is well or highly seasoned; their eating is disrupted and the challenge for the caregiver is to find and prepare food that is appealing to their care receiver.

Persons in the Moderate stage of AD may resist bathing and need help to dress. They struggle to find words to express what they want to say. They begin to experience illusions and delusions.



HomeCare: The World’s Fastest Growing Industry

Jul 2nd, 2016 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

At this point in time, the US healthcare industry is worth $84 billion and employs 1.7 million people. Employment as a home health aide is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, with a growth rate of 38% expected by 2024 from a decade previously. On the basis of those statistics, the industry appears to be thriving.



Respite Care: Why it Suits Both Caregiver & Patient

May 24th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Respite care is critical for the ongoing health and well-being of caregivers. This infographic provides a wealth of information about respite care.



STORIES HELP US ACHIEVE THE WORTHWHILE

Sep 18th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Conversations have a way of moving in undesirable directions. Past the question of “how are you,” there can emerge a series of topics that leave the conversationalist at a loss for how to get out of it. Ironically each of us has his/her own story. The miracle of the Internet is that seniors can read and hear and savor all the wonderfully moving stories that are out there. I just completed reading one in the New York Times. There is a plethora of inspiration out there and an amazing number of articulate story tellers who have found the courage to tell their stories.

In the haste of our rush from one day to the next, from one catastrophe to the next, we may be missing some of the best stories enabling us to understand and empathize with the human condition. Overwhelmingly, we



A MORNING RITUAL FOR SENIORS

Jan 31st, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

My 93 year old Mother and I share in a morning ritual. Sometime between 7 and 8 a.m., we begin our morning. By the time we have settled down for a first cup of coffee, we also share in reading the local paper together.

Her specialty is the variety of ads, particularly grocery ads and coupons, which she finds highly entertaining. We find lots to talk about as we wander through the variety of ads. Hearing aid ads give us a particular brand of laughter as we wonder at the ability of such frequent full page ads, until we discover the high cost of hearing.

The other day we found particular delight in searching for employment in the want ads. At our age,



NEVER TAKEN FOR GRANTED: A THANKSGIVING DECLARATION

Nov 23rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

You, dear Reader, are never taken for granted. While you may have spent half the night in lines awaiting Black Friday bargains, while you may have gorged yourself into a state of euphoria on Thanksgiving Day, while you may have an agenda a foot long for today’s demands, and while you may have little or no time to drop by, we don’t take you for granted.

You are what makes us go. You are the motivation that keeps SCJ alive and vital and current. You are the one who inspires us to get up and be about it. You are the fulfillment of our goals. You are the initiative that spurs us to be here for you day after day… thanks to you, you are the reason we exist.

During these holidays you may visit us less frequently, you nevertheless are in our thoughts. Someone out here is



GOOD MORNING, MR. & MRS. AMERICA

Nov 8th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The article, ‘Taking Pride” in yourself ran for two days and attracted considerable response. That tells me that our audience is ready for good news, encouraging words, uplifting messages that help us cope with the world as it is. Unwilling to back off, America stood up on Election Day and did the best it could. No, everything is not now perfect nor guaranteed to see immediate improvement. Yes, America has chosen a course that affirms possibility and openness to work together.

Was Mr. Romney discredited? No, he just didn’t offer a course and an attitude most of America seems now to desire. His vision was not a shared vision. His hopes were not the majority’s hopes. Let us now look ahead, move with renewed confidence. Let us thank Mr. Romney for bringing into focus those dynamics for which we must now work and dedicate our common energies. Those dynamics include caring for one another, opening the door wide to welcome those whose



JUST FOR SUNDAY, 11/04/12

Nov 4th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With bad news abounding, there is enormous need for encouragement and uplift in these days approaching the end of the year. Some espouse their peculiar discoveries for inspiration in unusual methods. Others are content to find solace in traditional rituals. Still others seek and seem to find theirs through exotic connections.

Whatever works well for you is worth pursuing. Whatever gives you encouragement and strength in these times of difficulty is to be recommended. When standing in line for gas or food, one needs something to ponder other than the line’s slow movement and the crowd’s growing impatience. When life is blocked by a reality that makes the day feel miserable then is the moment for finding relief and sustenance of the spirit.

This is not just a test, this matter of developing a means for coping, this is life. It is



SENIORS REDEFINE THEMSELVES

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Good morning! We are back. The last several days have been focused on a huge change of pace and a shift of direction. Moving, as we have pointed out previously, is among the most traumatic of life changes. It is an upheaval full of unexpected revelations. It puts the mirror of your person straight in front of you and says, “so who are you really?”

Most of us much of the time try rather hard to resist going through such drama. It is awakening to the soul, mind and spirit.

In our daily excursions into whatever way we define reality, we find that routine is preferable to disruption. Many who work with the public have discovered how much of a struggle it is to introduce and cope with change. It’s just easier, more comfortable, less difficult to keep things on as steady keel.